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Arc prepare Cupar ‘backlands’ regeneration plan

March 1 2016

Arc prepare Cupar ‘backlands’ regeneration plan
Arc Architects have drawn up tentative plans to regenerate the ‘backlands’ of Cupar, Fife, on behalf of the Cupar Development Trust ahead of a public consultation.

Composed of 39 affordable housing, two live/work units and creative space for design industries the £7m development, as yet unfunded, would knit together the existing townscape through a combination of selective refurbishment and new build.

Jim McLeish, trustee on Cupar Development Trust, said: “Our aim is to promote improvements which lead to long-term social, economic and environmental benefits. 

“Activity associated with the new businesses and residents will enliven areas adjacent to George Inn Pend.  We then anticipate that neighbouring owners will invest in upgrading their buildings.”

A consultation will take place in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday between 15:00 and 18:30 whereupon they will be placed on display on the ground floor of County Buildings, St Catherine Street.

It is hoped to have the scheme completed by early 2019.


#1 Posted by Neil on 1 Mar 2016 at 14:54 PM
Promising stuff if this can successfully integrate into the fine grain of the backland riggs. There have been some good recent precedents for this sort of thing - Oberlanders at Sugarhouse Close, Edinburgh and Malcolm Fraser in Berwick - as well as one big bad one to avoid: Caltongate/New Waverley, which rides roughshod across all the subtlety and local character of its own backland setting. Here's hoping the architects go for something closer to the former.
Edward Harkins
#2 Posted by Edward Harkins on 1 Mar 2016 at 18:15 PM
With the Cupar Development Trust and all sorts in its train, Cupar is getting to be an interesting Scottish town from the place-shaping and community regeneration perspective :-)

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